The Town of Firestone Geographic Information Systems (GIS) uses spatial science to create, manage, analyze and map all types of data. What is GIS? GIS connects data to maps, locations, and descriptive information to help understand the world around us. GIS is an information infrastructure that supports decision making. GIS can help us to see patterns and relationships to understand, manage and plan for the future.

The Town of Firestone uses GIS to share, collect and analyze its infrastructure and assets such as subdivisions, parcel data, streets, potable water networks and stormwater. We use cartography to produce static maps as well as a collection of interactive maps on our website.  

The Town of Firestone uses Geographic Information Systems framework to manage town owned assets. GIS allows the town to collect, edit, analyze and predict data, throughout our community. GIS technology in municipalities is evolving quickly, allowing governments and citizens to access information more efficiently and spatially, to make more informed decisions. GIS is made up of data layers used in software to organize and analyze information. The Town of Firestone uses ESRI ArcGIS Software along with multiple integrations of other software. 

GIS is made up of certain representations for real life features. Each feature has specific records and attributes to gather important information. 



Points are used to represent point locations (such as a specific address) or features that are too small to be represented as lines or polygons (such as a stand of trees). Point examples include: a building location, a manhole, a water main, a well, or a weather station. 

Lines are used to represent the shape and location of geographic objects that are too narrow to depict as areas. Examples include: street centerlines, streams, trails, power lines, pipes, and object outlines.

Polygons are used to represent the shape and location of contiguous feature types. Examples include state and county boundaries, parcels, lakes, soil types, and land-use zones.

Points, lines, and polygons can be displayed together to show and calculate geographic relationships. With GIS, a city can perform important calculations such as determining the required setback from a stream to a road, measuring the length of a road segment in need of repairs, or calculating the area of a lake or agricultural parcel.

Raster datasets represent geographic features by dividing the world into square-shaped cells. Each cell has a value that represents a characteristic of that location such as elevation, precipitation, or 3 wildlife habitat. Raster datasets are commonly used to represent and manage imagery, digital elevation models, and other characteristics of a given location.


The Town of Firestone uses Drones to collect real time aerial imagery within our boundaries. Our FAA licensed drone pilots use software to map and collect aerial imagery for data analysis. 


  1. Jessica Hummel

    GIS Coordinator